November 2014 Minutes




Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday 17th November 2014

at 7.30pm in the Church Room, St John the Baptist Church , Mersham


Action by


Present:                Cllrs Fletcher (in the Chair), Hanson, Murphy, Oakley-Hills, Phelan, Turley, Wells & Whitehead


In attendance:     Mr G Eaton, Clerk to the Council, ABC Cllr Bartlett, G Kingston, Community Warden and 2 members of the public


1. Apologies for absence

Apologies were received from Cllrs Stewart and Smithers, ABC Cllr Davey and PCSO Huckstepp


2. Declarations of Councillor’s interests regarding items on the Agenda

There were no declaration of Cllrs interests regarding items on the Agenda


3. ABC Cllrs Reports & PCSO & Community Warden’s Report

G Kingston Community Warden gave a brief report and mentioned that there had been no reported crimes or issues in the Parish in the preceding month


4. Public discussion

The members of the public outlined a planning application they were proposing to make at Bower Farm Yard to create a Hollywood style restaurant specialising in hog roast. A number of issues around noise, lighting and parking were discussed. The Parish Council was generally supportive of the application as presented but asked that their concerns be addressed


5. To approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on 20th October 2014

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 20th October were approved and signed








Action by

6. Matters arising

The quote to remove and/or replace the damaged mushroom roundabout was discussed. The Clerk was asked to contact ABC to find out which suppliers they used for new playground equipment


Email from Parishioner re poor state of the playground – Clerk to reply matter was in hand


Daytime meeting with KCC’s Jennie Wickenden to be arranged to discuss highway matters – Cllrs Hanson Lee and Oakley-Hills to be involved.

Cllrs Hanson Lee & Oakley-Hills


7. To discuss correspondence received

Field work Magazine received from CPRE

Documents received from KALC re AGM on Saturday 22nd November 2014

Documents received from KALC re Elections 2015

Email received from ABC Cllr Bartlett re latest news from ABC

Letter received from Came & Company confirming changes to insurance policy

Letter received from ABC re notes of the Parish Forum held on 22nd October 2014

Letter received from ABC re site assessments for Local Plan to 2030


8. To discuss producing a promotional video of Mersham Village

There was a general discussion about producing a promotional video about life in the Village of Mersham to promote and showcase the Village. It was agreed that this was a good idea and that Cllr Fletcher should discuss further with the Village Alliance

Cllr Fletcher

9. To consider Finance Matters:

A. Accounts for Payment

The Following accounts were approved for payment:

Mr. B Branson Oct salary                                                         100.88

Mr. I King Oct salary                                                                    83.85

Mr. G Eaton Oct salary                                                              369.96

Countrywide Grounds Maintenance Oct                               280.00







Action by

10. To consider Planning Matters

A To consider new planning applications

14/01325                                                                Cycle access/street furniture etc

Land at Cheesemans Green

There were no objections to this application

14/01398                                                                Conversion of garage to habitable space

Riverside, Flood Street, Mersham

There were no objections to this application

14/00892                                                                Replacement kennels

Kennels, Laws Lane, Mersham

There were no objections to this application


13/01420        Amended                                      Flanders House, Kingsford Street

Letter to be sent to ABC objecting to the application as back land development, large gardens were an attractive feature of the Village and proposal not in keeping with the character of the street



14/01209                                                              Conservatory

36 Church Lane, Sevington

14/00329                                                              Unit 8 The Glenmore Centre

Extension to mezzanine floor

14/01021                                                               Roof repairs & replacement windows

1 Bower Cottages, The Street Mersham

14/01262                                                               Dropped kerb

60 Church Road Sevington


C Local Needs Housing

The Local Needs Housing scheme in Bower Road was progressing and a planning application was expected in the spring


D Sevington Development and J10

There was a discussion about the recently submitted planning applications and various objections discussed. It was thought that the applications would go to the Planning Committee in March 2015 (to be confirmed). It was agreed that it was vitally important for the Parish Council and Village Alliance to be represented at that meeting to strongly represent local objections




Action by

11. To consider Highway and footpath matters

Cllr Fletcher reported that he had received an email from KCC PROW to confirm that all the agreements relating to the new Mersham footpath had been drawn up and were ready for signature. It was hoped that works would take place in early January


12. Article for Villager Magazine

The Clerk was asked to include the following in the next edition of the Villager – new Mersham footpath, the playground and cyclists having adequate lights


13. To consider Reports

A  Village Hall

Cllr Wells reported on the recent jumble sale at the Hall

B  Sevington North

Cllr Oakley-Hills reported on discussions with Kent Highways about excessive speeding and the need for new yellow lines along the A2070 near Barrey Road

C  Sevington South

There were no developments of note

D  School

Agreed to be deleted from future agenda


There were no developments of note

F  Trees / JPF

There were no developments of note


14. Any Other Business

The Clerk was asked to arrange for a Christmas tree to be supplied and planted up as in previous years


There was a brief discussion about producing a pack for the new residents of Finberry welcoming them to the Parish. Pack to include list of Cllrs and meeting dates. Clerk to draft and circulate to Cllrs for comment


15. Dates of Parish Council Meetings in 2015

19th Jan, 16th Feb, 16th March, 20th April, 18th May, 15th June, 20th July, 21st Sept, 19th Oct & 16th Nov

The next Meeting will be held on 19th January 2014 at 7.30pm in the Church Room, St John the Baptist Church

The Meeting closed at 10.00 pm